The College welcomes today’s announcement of £200 million of funding to improve the use of technology in the NHS by the Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock.
The Secretary of State is expected to say that “Now is the moment to put the failures of the past behind us, and set our sights on the NHS being the most cutting edge system in the world for the use of technology to improve our health, make our lives easier, and make money go further, harnessing the amazing explosion of innovation that the connections of billions of minds through digital technology has brought to this world.”
Ahead of its national rollout in December, the Secretary of State is also expected to announce that the NHS app will be piloted in five areas across England. From October, patients in Liverpool, Hastings, Bristol, Staffordshire and South Worcestershire will be able to download a beta version of the app.
They will be sent a text message from their GP practice inviting them to download the app, which allows access to a range of services.
- Booking GP appointments
- Ordering repeat prescriptions
- Viewing medical record
- Accessing 111 online for urgent medical queries
- Setting data sharing preferences
- Recording organ donation preferences
- Setting end of life care preferences
David Galloway, President said: “The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow welcomes the announcement of new funding for the NHS and in particular the attention that will be given to a more integrated approach to IT systems designed to properly enhance patient care. There is an unfortunate history behind IT investment in the NHS and while this promises significant gain the necessary expenditure will need to be carefully controlled in the context of so many conflicting demands on limited resources.”
To read Matt Hancock’s speech in full, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/my-vision-for-a-more-tech-driven-nhs